Sandy Lindsay MBE, founder and chair of Tangerine, is to join the North West Business Leadership Team, an independent group of influential business leaders who work together to promote the sustainable economic development and long-term well-being of England’s North West.
Membership is by invitation only and is made up of approximately 30 senior executives from the region’s major businesses. It operates as an independent business voice for the North West, providing valuable strategic support and influencing policy.
North West MPs met today for their latest business briefing with the North West Business Leadership Team and invited guests at the House of Commons. On this occasion the briefing focused mainly on NWBLT’s forthcoming report on productivity. The event was sponsored by Siemens, BAE Systems and Bright Future Software and was hosted by Weaver Vale MP, Graham Evans.
Juergen Maier (NWBLT Chair and CEO of Siemens UK) gave an overview of key issues facing business in the North West, describing the overall mood as ‘cautiously optimistic’. Geoffrey Piper (CEO, NWBLT) introduced the NWBLT’s proposed productivity report, due to be published in 2016 with recommendations for addressing the productivity challenge regionally and nationally. The final speaker was Eudie Thompson (Founder and CEO of Bright Future Software) on the role of apprenticeship training in software development.
The meeting concluded with contributions from North West MPs on subjects ranging from investment in transport links to the adoption of the Living Wage and improved training in technical skills.
Young people from across the North West Region have been battling it out to be crowned winners of the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition. The winners each received an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment. The competition aims to encourage more pupils to consider science as a career.
Now in its seventh year, the competition is hosted by the NWBLT in conjunction with Manchester Museum, the current holder of the NWBLT’s Lever Prize. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside were asked to submit an essay stating “Why I want to be a scientist” in less than 500 words. From there a 13-strong shortlist was drawn up to participate in the ‘Competition Final’ held in the Kanaris Lecture Theatre at the Museum.
The Winner in Year 8 was Daisy Wilson from Cheadle Hulme High School. She said “This evening has been a great opportunity. I am delighted to have won the iPad Mini and my school is going to be really pleased to receive the £250.” The Runner Up was Opeyemi Lamina from Withington Girls School. The Winner in Year 7 was Miliani Fraser-Fletcher from Cheadle Hulme School who commented “I was very nervous but thought that everyone who presented tonight did really well.” The Runner Up in Year 7 was Lottie Burnett also from Cheadle Hulme School.
13 pupils from across the North West Region have been shortlisted to take part in the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition presentation evening on 7th December at Manchester Museum. The winners each received an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment. The competition aims to encourage more pupils to consider science as a career.
They will be making a two minute presentation to a group of impressive judges:-
Jenny Clucas, Strategy Director Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Cogent Sector Skills Council
Phil Day, Public Engagement Manager, Daresbury Laboratory,
Rosemary Jenkinson, Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure, Arup
Amy Keerie, IMED Graduate Scientist, AstraZeneca
Bob Knowles, Technical Manager R&D, Baxi
Ken Muir, Proposals Manager, Siemens
Emily Robinson, Secondary and Post-16 Co-ordinator (Sciences), Manchester Museum
Charity Watkins, Regional Director, EDT
Creativity needs to be a key part of the curriculum if we are to be a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse, according to business leaders. The NWBLT Forum gathered to debate the importance of investment in training young people in both science and arts. Spearheaded in the UK by the Cultural Learning Alliance, the movement is calling to add the ‘A’ (arts) in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to become STEAM.
Speaking at a Forum meeting held at Sci-Tech Daresbury, Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum, said: “Science educators are desperate to bring more creativity to the science curriculum. When you bring art and science together, there is huge potential for really extraordinary things to happen.”
The North West Business Leadership Team today presented a Transport Update Report to the Secretary of State for Transport calling for further urgent investment in the region’s transport infrastructure both in the short and long-term. The Update Report follows on from “The North West on the Move” which was published in 2013 and takes into account the increased profile given to the region by the Northern Powerhouse proposals.
Over the next five years the NWBLT is calling for the roll-out of smart electronic passenger ticketing right across the North of England, completion of the planning of HS2 and a start on its construction, initial planning of the TransNorth west-east rail link and a rolling programme of other strategic transport investments to secure business competitiveness, jobs, growth and the rebalancing of the UK economy. The NWBLT is particularly concerned that the North West has suffered over many years from the lack of forward planning of both road and rail investment, causing uncertainty for business and undermining regional competitiveness.
The NWBLT is delighted to announce the staging of another Forum panel debate at Sci-Tech Daresbury on 9 November (5 for 5.30pm), following the success of ‘Feeding the Creative Spark’ at Eaton Park in July. Having explored the symbiotic relationship between business, science and the arts on that occasion, the November Forum will turn this relationship on its head and examine it from the viewpoint of stimulating, and further developing, the North West’s successful wealth-generating science.
The panellists on this occasion will be Dr Chris Doherty, Managing Director of Manchester Science Partnerships based at the Alderley Park Biohub; Suzanne Jones, Head of Europe, Central Asia and Middle East, International Knowledge and Innovation Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; David Heke, Founder member of the Chester-based arts collective, ‘chart’; Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museum; and Fiona Gibson, Managing Director, Products Lead UK & Ireland, Accenture North West (authors of the NWBLT ‘Discovery to Delivery’ 2015 Science Prospectus).
Do you know a pupil in Year 7 or 8 attending a North West School who would like the chance to win an iPad mini and cash for their school? All they need to do is submit 500 word email to firstname.lastname@example.org on “Why I want to be a Scientist” by 6th November 2015.
The best six entries from each year group will be invited to take part in a presentation event taking place at Manchester Museum on Monday 7th December and the winner of each year group will be presented with an iPad Mini and a cheque for their school. All 12 candidates will be filmed making their presentations and feature on the NWBLT YouTube Channel.
FOUR cultural organisations from across the North West have been shortlisted for the prestigious Lever Prize 2016. Manchester, Liverpool and Cumbria all feature in the shortlist for the prize, which is run by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) and is now in its 11th year. The winner receives a £10,000 cash award and the opportunity to develop working relationships with some of the North West’s most influential business leaders. The Lever Prize is awarded annually by NWBLT in partnership with Arts and Business.
The shortlisted organisations are:-
FACT (Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology) – Liverpool
Lakeland Arts – Cumbria
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Arts
Museum of Science and Industry – Manchester
As we saw from GDP figures announced last week, economic growth is accelerating and our economy, according to most indicators is roaring ahead. Restaurants are opening, services are expanding and house prices are up. The tenth consecutive quarter of growth, the third longest uninterrupted period of growth since 1955 will be of great relief to the Government and inward investors alike. Add to this ultra low inflation with looser credit conditions and there are the ingredients for strong short and medium term growth. For many this is good news, and it should be welcomed.
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